Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

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4stars

“The Norse myths are the myths of a chilly place, with long, long winter nights and endless summer days, myths of a people who did not entirely trust or even like their gods, although they respected and feared them.”

Title: Norse Mythology
Author: Neil Gaiman
Good things about this book: Really well written and interesting stories.
Bad things about this book: Maybe too short, if I really need to find something bad in it.
Do I recommend it? Yes, who doesn’t love mythology?
Rate: 4/5

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There are storytellers and then there is Neil Gaiman. The way he retells these norse mythology stories is sublime and I had so much fun reading and learning. I already knew a few things thanks to my own curiosity, watching Vikings, and reading Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase books. Norse gods have always got my interest and of course I was going to read a book about them and if it’s a book by Neil Gaiman, even better!

Gaiman writes the stories of the gods from their birth until Ragnarok, the apocalypse that is also the beginning of new things. The stories are all interesting and, needless to say, extraordinarily well written. The modern feeling of how the gods are introduced doesn’t bore you and it keeps you glued to the pages. Even knowing about how gross some of the gods were is interesting if written the way Gaiman does it. They drank the spit and blood of some god to become wise. Gross! And that story with Odin having sexy times with a giant was a surprise: who would’ve thought that old fox had that in him?

I knew Thor wasn’t the smart one among the gods but knowing also how much he could eat, drink and how much he knew how every single bad thing happening was always Loki’s fault, made me like him even more than I already liked him and his Marvel version. Thor of the long blonde hair is dreamy. Thor of the red beard maybe isn’t as dreamy but he has a special place in my heart nonetheless.

Tyr, Thor’s brother, is also one my favorites now. I didn’t know him at all and it surprised me how much involved he was in everything. The part between him and Fenrir wolf made me emotional. As much as I knew how dangerous the wolf was and was going to be, I didn’t like what the gods did to him.

“Because,” said Thor, “when something goes wrong, the first thing I always think is, it is Loki’s fault. It saves a lot of time.”

Loki, well, is just like I imagined him. Not the Hiddleston Loki I was used to and neither Riordan’s version, but just like I pictured the mischief blood brother of Odin. Something bad happened? Loki’s fault and, guess what? It indeed was his fault. It was like he wasn’t even trying to hide his guilt; it showed all over his glowing with pride face! You’ve got to love Loki, his monstrous children and his shape shifting abilities.

The book is short and it’s easy to read and that’s always a plus. I finished it and I wanted to know more and I think that’s beautiful. I admire Gaiman and I curse myself because I haven’t read many books by him. That’s something I promise to do!

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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard – The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

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“Wrongly chosen, wrongly slain, A hero Valhalla cannot contain. Nine days hence the sun must go east, Ere Sword of Summer unbinds the beast.”

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1)


Title:
 Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer
Author: Rick Riordan
Why you should read this book: If you’ve loved Percy’s books and the Heroes of Olympus’ ones, then you are going to love this.

“Myths are simply stories about truths we’ve forgotten.”

Magnus Chase is homeless since the night his mother died. It’s been two years and his 16th birthday approaches. He knows an uncle he doesn’t like is looking for him and when he meets him he reveals that Magnus’ father is a Norse God. Magnus must find a powerful weapon that’s been lost for thousands of years to stop Ragnarok from happening.

“It is woven with the most powerful paradoxes in the Nine Worlds—Wi-Fi with no lag, a politician’s sincerity, a printer that prints, healthy deep-fried food, and an interesting grammar lecture!”

I loved it!! It took me a lot to finish it, not because it wasn’t interesting, but because November is always a busy busy month!

At first I thought Magnus was going to be just like Percy, they are both kings of sarcasm and jokes. I love Percy but I wanted Magnus to be his own self. Luckily he was! He shares similar behaviors with Percy but they are different, you can’t feel it right away, though, you have to get to know him a little better first. Magnus has weaknesses, he has issues, he has gone through a lot, he is young and makes mistakes: maybe we don’t have a Norse God as a parent but we’ve all been there, right?

“The thing about fate, Magnus: even if we can’t change the big picture, our choices can alter the details. That’s how we rebel against destiny, how we make our own mark.”

His companions for this adventure are fun, diverse and really interesting characters: a dwarf fashionista, a deaf magic elf and a strong willed girl with a multifuctional hijab. They all bring something to the story, they are important, without them Magnus would fail at the very beginning of the book.

I love Rick Riordan and how he introduces us to mythology in such a fun way. You may be a teenager or older but be sure that you’ll enjoy getting to know better the Gods, the mythological creatures and their crazy worlds!

The second book can’t be out soon enough. The Hammer of the Fart God is the title, right?? Oh Thor, you and your goats brought a breath of “fresh” air to the entire story!!

Do I recommend it? Of course, join the Rick Riordan’s fans community!
Rate: 5/5

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